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    Default protouring and your community

    With protouring being in existence for over a decade if not two, how has the influence changed your local car shows, cars&coffee and/or local track events? Post your location with your thoughts about how strong or weak the protouring community is where you live.



    Northwest Indiana is weak in that at car shows you'll see cars with the 18" rims but still stock brakes and maybe a 1-2"drop. Rat rods are still a very popular build and most people put their nose to the air if you don't know what your quarter mile time is. There is an scca club in the region and has an event 1 weekend a month during the non snow months. Small amount of muscle cars ,more imports at the scca events. If you want to see more protouing cars and their owners, you have to drive an hour into Chicago or to a protouring event.


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    I live less than a mile from Lingenfelter's Brighton, MI facility. I see a big mix of cars - Pro-Street, Rat Rods, Resto rods, Muscle cars, and the whole mix. I don't see as many Pro-Touring cars at shows, but see them around. I think the Pro-Touring group spend less time showing and more time driving.

    In fact, just a couple days ago I say a beautiful '69 Camaro Pro-Touring car driving on the gravel road near my house in the country.

    I have observed the true Pr-Touring cars that are set up with full suspension modifications and big brakes are rare. Pro-Touring "look" cars are more common. I don't believe that most auto enthusiasts are willing to spend the money for hardware that cannot be seen and can only be fully utilized on a track.

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    I think about this often.. when people talk about "cookie cutter pro touring builds" online.

    We go to a decent amount of local shows, we're NW of chicago about an hour and a half.

    Rarely do I see pro-touring cars. There are occasionally a few.. like Rich Gregory and his red '69 Camaro. But even his car is way higher end than most I see around here.

    LS swaps are not even that common. Maybe LS1's and LS2's but rarely will I see an LS3, and have maybe seen one new LT1.

    Despite the vast amount of pro-touring cars on the internet & social media, they still make up a small percentage of the muscle car population in my opinion... At least around here!!!

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    This is why Pro-touring is such a great style, It works, great on highway, great on track ,great on street ,sorta great on fuel and..... hard to find them sitting still, far more fun to be driving than sitting at a car show , just my opinion.

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    Ragz, I can't agree more. I am not for being the norm, I think outside of the box. Dale, I'll be up to your open house in September with my camaro. I agree with cornfedbill, I've went to car shows and didn't stay because I just like to drive my car.

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    A full tilt PT car isn't cheap at least to your average cruise night guy. Big cruise nights I'll see 1 or 2. I see more LS cars than good PT cars. I did see a red 2nd gen vette with a blown ls, aftermarket frame and forgelines at a cruise night in Jackson NJ a week or so ago. I never found the owner.
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    I live in Arkansas... Do I need to say more? lol

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    I'd say the pro touring "look" is fairly common, 17-18" wheels. Outside from that, only a handfull check the box as a "pro touring" style build for me. Modern engine, upgrade brakes, OD trans, upgraded suspension/wheels, etc.
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    Mixed in dallas. Just like the above post there are more pro touring " looking" cars unlike cars like mine. I see them a decent amount because most of them are my friends lol. To the other comment above yea we dont usually go to car shows and register. most of the time we are out driving, go to a show, walk around and leave. Cars do very well at the car shows that we have been.

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    Here in New England I like to call them "Pro Touring Lite", like everyone else, mostly just cosmetic upgrades with some mild suspension and brake work. There are a few more serious ones ( almost exclusively Chevy ) probably primarily due to parts availability and cost. I love the look, and enjoy seeing them wherever I can. But, around here Cragars are still king......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tincup View Post
    Here in New England I like to call them "Pro Touring Lite", like everyone else, mostly just cosmetic upgrades with some mild suspension and brake work. There are a few more serious ones ( almost exclusively Chevy ) probably primarily due to parts availability and cost. I love the look, and enjoy seeing them wherever I can. But, around here Cragars are still king......
    Pretty much the same situation where I live, Mike. Only time I see a number of P/T cars together, is at the Texas Goodguys events held twice a year, at Texas Motor Speedway.



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